What’s your super power?
Mine is, not caving in to rejection. It started out as a muscle which was strengthened by rejections over the years till it finally developed powers of its own. Mainly deflection powers.
There, I see a rejection coming…flick..foom…and it’s gone. Didn’t let it get to me and batter my sense of self-worth.
Rejections come thick and fast in the business world. I’m sure it does in other worlds too but I’ve not my dipped my toes in their pools so I’ll speak for myself.
Capabilities, integrity, ability to go on, persist, integrity, innovate, experience, take on additional responsibilities, integrity…..rarely matter. What matters is …. oh well, you know what I’m saying. So, I figured that I’d take my bag of tricks and move on instead of trying to convince a reluctant management riddled with politics.
Along the way I realized that there’s a lexicon that is used but never in the way it is meant to be used. For instance, capability, actually means, ‘you can get her to take on a lot more as long as you keep telling her how much of a difference she’s making.’
Yeah, sucker, you say. I agree.
Here’s another one, commitment. Loosely translated it means you are true to your role and do the best to ensure that the track it runs on is well-oiled and efficient. But actually, it means, ‘does your boss think that you’re making a difference? Because if that’s not the case then you may as well not be there.’
And why should the boss not think that way? Simple, because you’re not ‘in line with the vision of the company’. Flick…foom…rejection brushed off. I’m ‘in line’ with my vision for myself and that’s important!
Batman and Superman may be saving the world one burning building at a time, but my intention is to keep my sense of self-worth alive and kicking. Because that’s my burning building and if it’s not saved then nothing else is worth saving.